School of Health Sciences
Master of Science in Human Performance (MS)
Kettlebell Swing, Grip Firmness, Work Capacity, Muscular Endurance, RPE, Physiology
Anatomy | Sports Studies
Deshner, Austin; McCarty, Abigail; Campbell, Jerrell C.; Fields, Andrew; and Peveler, Will W., "Tight Trip vs. Loose Grip on Russian Kettlebell Swing Work Capacity" (2021). Masters Theses. 733.
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a tight grip(TG) and a loose grip(LG) on work capacity while performing Russian kettlebell swings(KBS). It was hypothesized that LG would result in an ability to perform more work. Thirty fit adults (16 male; 14 female) were tested. Two (TG and LG) separate counterbalanced trials for each subject were collected, counting the number of repetitions completed until volitional exhaustion. RPE for forearms and overall exhaustion were collected post-trial. SPSS was used to run a paired samples t-test. There was a significant difference between the two grips (p = 0.013)(TG reps = 160.47±96.943; LG reps = 190.73±125.824). RPE forearms (p = 0.001)(TG = 7.10±1.698; LG = 5.79±2.177). RPE overall was not statistically significant (p = 0.475)(TG= 7.59±1.211; LG = 7.45±1.152). These results suggest grip firmness impacts performance, and using a LG while performing KBS increases work capacity. Strength coaches and athletes may use LG while performing KBS to increase work capacity.